Sharon Darcy Retires from Pathfinders of Oregon

Pathfinders of Oregon is saying goodbye to its founder, Sharon Darcy. Sharon started Pathfinders in 1993 to provide programming for adults incarcerated in Oregon’s prisons.

Sharon has launched numerous initiatives and filled multiple roles in her time at Pathfinders. In addition to her leadership role when Pathfinders first started, she worked with inmates in its cognitive behavioral program. When the evidence-based Parenting Inside Out program for incarcerated parents was developed by the Oregon Department of Corrections and the Oregon Social Learning Center, Pathfinders partnered with them to deliver the program.

Sharon has long been an advocate for children of incarcerated parents and participated in the early work done in Oregon to understand the issues and obstacles facing these often invisible children. Click here to read more about the wonderful work Sharon has done.

Pathfinders’ Executive Director, Dr. Joseph Tietz, expressed the sentiments of many in Portland’s social service community who have worked with Sharon over the years: “We thank Sharon for her amazing dedication and determination over the past twenty-three years. Under her leadership, Pathfinders grew from a tiny, two-staff person, grassroots effort into what it is today – a nationally recognized statewide organization.” Sharon plans to continue to advocate for children of incarcerated parents in her retirement.